In Darkness

By LAKE, Nick

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ISBN
978-1-59990-743-7 978-1-59990-820-5
Publisher
Bloomsbury


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on December 1, 2012  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 9 Up—Trapped in the rubble of Haiti's massive 2010 earthquake, teenage Shorty desperately waits for rescue. While in darkness, events of his traumatic, violent life replay in his head. He is haunted by his father's brutal murder, his twin sister's disappearance, and the armed gang activity that has been his means of survival in Site Soléy (Cite Soleil), a very real and dangerous slum. As he faces death and struggles to understand the external forces that have shaped him, Shorty gradually feels the uplifting spiritual presence of revered slave liberator Toussaint L'Ouverture and draws strength and hope from t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2012

"I am the voice in the dark, callin...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on April 1, 2012

Alternates between two highly dissimilar yet equally well-rendered perspectives and ultimately presents a singular, indelible vision of a country and its people. A remarkable story and accomplishment. Shorty, a fifteen-year-old who comes from one of Haiti’s most impoverished areas, is trapped inside the wreckage of a hospital following the 2010 earthquake. Speaking to what he calls the “voices in the dark,” he tells the grim but captivating story of his life in a unique voice ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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